Wednesday, March 6, 2013
W2W4: Nets at Bobcats
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets are in Charlotte as they look to snap a two-game losing streak. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.; here's what we'll be watching for:
THE 10-MAN: Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he plans to tighten his rotation to 10 players. That group "definitely" includes MarShon Brooks, Carlesimo told reporters in Charlotte.
Power forward Kris Humphries, who has scored just four points in his past 50 minutes, is likely to be the odd-man out. On the season, he's shooting just 31.6 percent from 3 to 16 feet out (30-for-95), according to basketball-reference.com, while making only 33.3 percent of his jump shots (37-for-11) and 40.9 percent of his layups (27-for-66). Carlesimo has said he wants to give Mirza Teletovic more minutes and play Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche together more often.
GLASSMAN: Reggie Evans is just 2-for-19 from the field over the past eight games, with 13 turnovers. However, Evans is averaging 9.4 rebounds over that span. Evans is a 23.1 percent jump shooter (6-for-28) and is making 48.6 percent of his layups, according to basketball-reference.com.
Nets power forwards lead the NBA in rebounding (15.8 per game), but are last in scoring (11.8 ppg), according to hoopstats.com.
TIME TO DUNK? Deron Williams claimed to reporters Tuesday he can dunk again and says his troublesome ankles don't hurt. Good news for the Nets and their fans, if true. Williams has yet to convert a dunk this season.
Since the All-Star break (seven games), he's averaging 21.7 points, 7.1 assists and 4.0 turnovers per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from 3-point range and 89.5 percent from the free throw line. He scored 57 points in a victory at Charlotte last March.
TIME TO HEEL? Joe Johnson is averaging just 11 points in two games since returning from a sore left heel that caused him to miss three games. The Nets need Johnson to get back to being the clutch shot-maker he was before the injury.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Nets (34-26) play 12 of their next 15 games on the road. They are averaging just 88.8 points in the past five games -- four of them losses. The Bobcats (13-47) have lost seven games in a row by an average of 22.1 points. Charlotte is just 7-22 at home, while Brooklyn is 14-13 on the road.